As the title suggests, everything on this blog concerns violence against trans women.
The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
Ida Hammer is a writer and social justice communicator. She organizes the Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project. She presents workshops and trainings on cis privilege and being a trans ally. She's also involved in organizing against sexualized violence. She's a proud dyke-identified trans woman and an organizer of the New York City Dyke March.
A man who was killed outside a Minneapolis bar last summer had a tattoo of a swastika on his chest.
At a hearing today, the attorney for a transgender woman accused of fatally stabbing Dean Schmitz said the tattoo is relevant to next week’s murder trial of Chrishaun McDonald because it symbolizes Schmitz’ hatred of people who are different.
McDonald, an African American, says Schmitz, who is white, taunted her with racist and transphobic slurs. McDonald maintains she acted in self-defense after a woman in Schmitz’ group smashed a glass against her face.
Judge Daniel Moreno will decide whether to allow photographs and testimony about the tattoo as evidence. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.
Hennepin County prosecutors stand by the murder charges and say McDonald has offered contradictory explanations of the incident. McDonald told police she tried to scare Schmitz with a pair of scissors, and he ran into them.
The case of “CeCe” McDonald, as she was known to her friends, has become a cause celebre among members of the LGBT community.
Katie Burgess of the group Trans Youth Support Network said she has no doubt McDonald was fearful of being attacked for her race and gender.
"I am confident in the fact that she would feel reasonably afraid for her life in that situation, and I’m confident in the fact that she has the right to defend herself," Burgess said.